As you probably know, long-term exposure to mold can result in some adverse health outcomes. If you’ve noticed itchy or red eyes, itchy skin, headaches or respiratory problems and know you’ve had issues with moisture in your home, there’s a chance you’re having a reaction to mold that is spreading in your space.
If you don’t get rid of mold as soon as you notice the problem, it can quickly begin to spread. Your best bet is to call a mold remediation or removal professional immediately when you uncover a mold presence in your home. But what is the difference between mold remediation and mold removal in Framingham, MA, and which is the service you’re going to need? Read on for a quick overview.
It’s generally a red flag if you see a company advertising that they’ll be able to completely remove mold from your home. This is simply impossible—mold is found everywhere naturally. Using a water and bleach mixture will get rid of the mold, but the spores will still remain. You’re not going to be able to solve the problem in this way—it’ll just keep growing back, especially if you still have dampness in the area where the mold was growing.
The key, then, is to control the growth of mold, which is what remediation is all about.
There are several steps to the mold remediation process, with the end goal being to address the root causes of mold outbreaks to prevent them from happening again in the future.
The first step is to inspect the home for visible signs of mold, and to take air samples to determine the kind of mold that’s affecting your home. The kind of mold influences the steps that will need to be taken to stop the outbreak. The air sample will also give the experts an indication of the level of contamination they’re dealing with.
The next step is containment. Any area of the home that has mold gets sealed off, and the mold is then contained to prevent its spread. This might involve the use of physical barriers, negative air chambers and negative air pressure. It’s likely the remediation team will turn off HVAC equipment and fans to prevent them from moving spores around.
Air filtration is next. The technicians put high-efficiency filters into the HVAC to clear active spores from the home, preventing the growth of additional fungi. The team can then go to work on mold cleanup, using antifungal and antimicrobial substances to clean the colonies of mold to prevent more mold from forming. The kind of cleanup practices used will depend on where the fungi grows. Nonporous surfaces, such as tubs or sinks, can easily be cleaned with wiping and the use of biocide. However, porous locations will be harder to treat. If wood or drywall has deep mold infestation, the material may need to be replaced entirely.
Once cleaning is complete, the house will be fully sanitized and deodorized.
For more information about mold remediation in Framingham, MA, contact All N 1 Mold Removal today.